EUGENE, Ore. - The Duke University track & field team ends arguably its best season in program history, a year which saw six Blue Devils capture All-America honors, with five student-athletes competing at the USA Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon June 23-26. The USA Championships serve as the selection event for the Team USA roster that will compete at the IAAF World Championships set for Aug. 27-Sept. 4 in Daegu, South Korea.
After day one Curtis Beach, who finished in second place at the NCAA Championships with a school record score of 8,084 in the decathlon, sits in eighth place with a total of 3,954 points through five events. Duke's standout sophomore recorded his best results of the day in the long jump (7.31m, 23-11.75) and 400-meters (48.62), gaining 888 and 879 points, respectively. Day two of the men's decathlon begins Friday with the 110m hurdles and will also feature the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m.
In the women's junior discus, freshman Erica Brand threw 45.18m (148'2") on her final attempt to finish in eighth place overall. In just her rookie season, Brand captured All-ACC honors in the discus with a 160'.5" effort, a mark which ranks second in the Duke record books.
Senior Devotia Moore and junior Cydney Ross both took to the track in the 800m Thursday, posting times of 2:05.87 and 2:11.38, respectively. Moore, a senior with All-ACC honors to her name, concluded her Duke career after setting a school record time of 2:03.45 to earn a spot at the USA Championships a week ago. Ross, a 2011 All-America honoree, will return to Durham in 2012 for her senior campaign.
Freshman Tanner Anderson, the school record holder in the high jump, is set to compete at Friday, June 24 at 12 p.m. (PST), while Beach will wrap up the final five events in the decathlon Friday as well.
The USA Championships will be featured on three networks, in six broadcasts spread over three days of competition. Broadcasts will air on ESPN2, Universal and NBC. View the full TV schedule here. In addition, a free webcast will be provided in partnership with RunnerSpace.com. The webcast will run throughout the duration of the event, with commentators including: Larry Rawson, Jenny Adams, Dan O'Brien, Joanna Hayes and John Godina. During the event, the webcast can be viewed online here.